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Old 04-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #131
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I do a lot of laundry...I change clothes 3-4x/day. And, I wash bath towels after 1 use. And, this is just my laundry! So 4l of the liquid lasts me about 2 months. The same amount of dry lasts about the same. I just do a lot of laundry.
I have two teenaged daughters. I wear different clothes to work than to hang out at home, so there is a lot of laundry here too. I don't think I do as much as you do though. I do about 8 - 10 loads a week. 4L lasts me almost 5 months.

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I thought it was 1/4th cup...I'll be checking that. I'm using a two gallon and a .75 gallon Arm & Hammer detergent containers, the two gallon for filling the .75 halfway. I can pick both up and shake them without hurting myself. The 5 gallon bucket is another story, but I have a 2ft long wooden spoon for stirring that.
I use a 1/4 cup or less per load.

I wonder if thats why the soap lasts longer for me CWS? I use about half what you do per load? Do you use a front loader or top loader?

When I worked at a drug store, the rep from Proctor and Gamble told me then that you only need a couple of tbsps of liquid laundry soap per load, I've taken him at his word and am happy about the way my clothes come out.
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:37 AM   #132
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I just made this last week! 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and 1 bar of soap, grated. The remaining borax and washing soda will last me a year, easily, and I probably paid $14 for both of those.

After grating the soap, I put 1 cup of either the Borax or the Washing Soda in the blender, followed by the soap and blended well.

All I need is 1 tablespoon per load. It comes out to $0.03-$0.05 cents per load, and my clothes are just as clean if not more than when I was buying laundry detergent.

I still use fabric softener, so my clothes still smell like Clean Breeze. I doubt I'll ever give that up, I just love it too much!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:20 AM   #133
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I just made this last week! 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and 1 bar of soap, grated. The remaining borax and washing soda will last me a year, easily, and I probably paid $14 for both of those.

After grating the soap, I put 1 cup of either the Borax or the Washing Soda in the blender, followed by the soap and blended well.

All I need is 1 tablespoon per load. It comes out to $0.03-$0.05 cents per load, and my clothes are just as clean if not more than when I was buying laundry detergent.

I still use fabric softener, so my clothes still smell like Clean Breeze. I doubt I'll ever give that up, I just love it too much!
For two years I made it that way. I've since switched to making liquid now. I found that sometimes I had clumps of white powder on my clothes, even with adding vinegar to the rinse water.
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For two years I made it that way. I've since switched to making liquid now. I found that sometimes I had clumps of white powder on my clothes, even with adding vinegar to the rinse water.
Interesting. Is your washer a high efficiency one? I have an H.E. frontloader and almost always wash using "tap water cold" and "quick cycle" and haven't had any problems with powder not dissolving.
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Going to make a new batch this week. I am thinking I'll be starting to use the new batch by April 1/14. That's a full year out of this batch of soap and I gave away a few jugfuls, and Ken has been doing laundry. Not bad.
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Going to make a new batch this week. I am thinking I'll be starting to use the new batch by April 1/14. That's a full year out of this batch of soap and I gave away a few jugfuls, and Ken has been doing laundry. Not bad.
Ain't it great, Alix?! Especially in light of Tide announcing the reduction in size of their product.
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It really is Katie. I sure can't complain about how it cleans either. It does a great job.

Next time you're out shopping do you think you could pick up a couple of bars of Fels for me? I'll send you an email transfer or a cheque or whatever works.
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I have some Fels, too Alix.
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It really is Katie. I sure can't complain about how it cleans either. It does a great job.

Next time you're out shopping do you think you could pick up a couple of bars of Fels for me? I'll send you an email transfer or a cheque or whatever works.
I've got plenty on hand. Just let me know when you want it. I have to go to the post office to mail some packages on Tuesday. Will that help?
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There is no hurry. I'm good for several months. When you think of it Katie, I'd appreciate it. Do you still have my address?

I forgot to mention the fun I had with this batch. My eldest daughter was at the table doing homework when I was ready to stir the batch after it had gelled. She was watching me as I cut the gelled soap and started to stir. She was completely grossed out! Told me it looked like snot. So of course, I then took great giant gobs out and squished them through my hands and made the grossest noises I could. LOL!!! Who's the kid here??
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